John O’Hara resigns as manager of Gala Fairydean

Netherdale, Gala Fairydean's 3G pitch in Galashiels.
Netherdale, Gala Fairydean's 3G pitch in Galashiels.
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Gala Fairydean have lost their third manager in less than a year, with the resignation of John O’Hara.

The Edinburgh coach was appointed in April but following a meeting at Netherdale last night, O’Hara has left the club along with almost all the players he had signed for next season, including captain Geri Rossi.

Stevie Noble, who led Gala Rovers to three trophies last season, will takeover as manager.

A statement from Gala Fairydean said: “At a meeting of the Gala Fairydean FC committee in the Netherdale clubrooms on Wednesday, June 19, it was agreed to appoint Steven Noble as first team manager for the forthcoming 2013-14 season.

“This follows the decision of John O’Hara to resign from the position with immediate effect.

“Gala Fairydean want to thank John for all his efforts in the past few months helping the club through a difficult period and wish him every success in the future.

“Steven is a former Gala Fairydean player, while also having spells with East of Scotland League sides

Selkirk and Vale of Leithen,

“Latterly he has been manager of Gala Rovers who won the Border Amateur A League last season.

“Steven has exciting plans for the future of football in Galashiels and is looking forward to taking the club

into the newly-formed Lowland League which will ultimately give Gala the opportunity of moving up

to senior football level.”

The club holds its AGM tomorrow where its amalgamation with Gala Rovers is expected to be confirmed.

Earlier this week, Gala Fairydean Rovers were admitted to the Lowland League for next season, with Gala Rovers applying to tonight’s Border Amateur League AGM to also change their name.

But the club could also apply to enter a side in the East of Scotland League when the association holds its AGM next Thursday.

One player said O’Hara was the best coach they had worked with, but there was also concern at Netherdale with the fitness of some of his signings.